Teens Accused of Sparking Fires in Transcona Bioreserve

Teens Accused of Sparking Fires in Transcona Bioreserve

By Sarah Klein

FireMultiple fires over the weekend were started by a group of teens, say Winnipeg police.

At around 2:40 a.m. on Sunday, several grass fires were sparked in the Transcona Bioreserve. Firefighters responded to extinguish the blaze.

At around 5 p.m. the same day, multiple grass firs were again set in the Transcona Bioreserve area. Police say flames spread throughout the naturalized park area causing over 100 acres of damage and damaging a number of Manitoba Hydro utility poles.

Emergency crews responded once again to put out the flames.

Witnesses in the area directed officers to the Transcona Trail, where three suspects were taken into custody. A lighter was also recovered.

A fourth suspect later turned herself into police later in the evening.

On Monday morning, a fifth suspect was arrested at a nearby home.

Police believe one 14-year-old girl was responsible for the first fire and later returned with the others to set the evening fires. She was arrested and remains in custody.

Two boys, both 16, a 17-year-old girl and an 18-year-old woman, all from Winnipeg, have been arrested and charged. They were released to appear in court at a later date.

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